The General Data Protection Regulation

How it will affect you

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a change to the law relating to personal data. 

It aims to increase transparency in relation to the way your personal data is used and should help to provide you with more control. The GDPR becomes effective from 25 May 2018. 

The GDPR and your personal data

You may already be aware that from May 2018, there will be changes to the way in which personal data can be used. The introduction of the GDPR will affect everyone in the EU, and in some circumstances will affect the handling of personal data outside the EU as well. The UK is required to comply despite ongoing developments relating to Brexit.

Your personal data

The GDPR aims to provide you with more data transparency, as well as more control over how your personal information can be used when it comes into force.

Your data rights

The GDPR covers personal data relating to living individuals.

Some of the rights available to individuals under the GDPR include the right to

  • Be informed about the way your personal data is processed
  • Request access to a copy of your personal data
  • Object to your personal data being processed for some specific purposes
  • Restrict a business from processing your personal data if it’s inaccurate, or for specified purposes 
  • Request correction or erasure of personal data held by organisations for specific purposes 
  • Ensure specified data can be ported or shared with other personal data controllers or individuals
  • Not be evaluated by profiling based solely on automated processing of your personal data
  • Remedy if an organisation uses personal data improperly
  • Ensure personal data is retained securely

We’re ready for the GDPR

To read more about the GDPR, please visit the Information Commissioner’s Office website – it’s an independent organisation that upholds information rights in the public interest.

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